In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Mike Strobl crunches numbers. Stung by his superior's rejection of his recommendation because he lacks recent combat experience, Strobl volunteers for escort duty, accompanying the remains Pfc. Chance Phelps, killed at 19. From Dover to Philadelphia by hearse, from there to Minneapolis and on to Billings by plane, and then by car to Phelps' Wyoming home - person after person pays respects. Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey. What are his own discoveries? Written by
Did You Know?
Lt Col Mike Strobl was a graduate of Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction Colorado in 1983. See more
Early in the movie during the scene where the flag-draped coffins arrive on the plane, there is a camera shot of the back loading ramp opening from inside the aircraft. If you watch closely you will notice the ramp is already wet with foot prints as it opens while the soldiers are waiting in the nighttime rain to transfer the coffins. This obviously wasn't the first take, since it makes you aware of the rain outside even before the door opens. See more
1st Lt. Dan Robertson (Chance Phelp's platoon commander)
[voiceover, from his 09 April 2004 letter to the Phelps family
It's ironic, but I am certain that if the world had more men like Chance Phelps, there wouldn't be a need for a Marine Corps.
Take The Highway
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab See more